OBITUARIES – 9/4/2015

Published 12:00 am Friday, September 4, 2015

Cliffie Mae Bright
COURTLAND–– Cliffie Mae Bright, 76, died Tuesday, September 1, 2015, at her residence.
She was the widow of Charles L. Bright.

Services will be held today at 2 p.m. at Wells Funeral Home. Visitation will be held from noon until service. Rev. Clay Baker will officiate. Burial will be in Terza United Methodist Church Cemetery. Wells Funeral Home has charge.

Bright, born Feb. 1, 1939, to the late Jim Shepard and Lillie Turner Shepard in Coffeeville, was a member of Angel Adult Center.

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Survivors include: seven daughters, Mary Nelson of Water Valley, Betty Johnson of Minneapolis, Martha Bland of Sledge, Patricia Bright and Shelia Turner, both of Courtland, Cathy Bright of Crowder, Barbara Winter of Batesville; two sons, Terry and Danny Bright of Courtland; and three sisters, Jewel Christine Johnson of Courtland, Ruby Dean Sullivant of Sardis and Vivian Lee Hawkins of Water Valley; 20 grandchildren and 27 great grandchild.

Rebekah Highbaugh Lipscomb
COMO–– Rebekah Highbaugh Lipscomb, 97, died Friday, August 28, 2015 at Providence Place Assisted Living in Senatobia.

Services were held Sunday at Como United Methodist Church. Private burial services followed. Ray-Nowell Funeral Home had charge.

Lipscomb was born on August 15, 1918 in Franklin, Ken. to the late Bess Barnes Highbaugh and Weller Highbaugh. 

Lipscomb was a lifelong member of Como United Methodist Church where she was very active and held numerous leadership positions.  She was a founding member of Explorer’s Bible Study and served as a past president of the Mississippi Home Demonstration Club.  
She was preceded in death by her husband, R.W. “Buddy” Lipscomb; two sons, Bill Lipscomb and Lin Lipscomb.

Survivors include: her son, Bobby Lipscomb of Como; five grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to Como United Methodist Church or to the Explorer’s Bible Study.

Edward John Prochaska III
COMO–– Edward John Prochaska III, 63, died Tuesday, September 1, 2015 at Baptist Memorial Hospital – DeSoto.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 5, 2015 at Como United Methodist Church.  Ray Nowell Funeral Home has charge.

He was born to Mae Jean Kroll of Gainesville, Mo.  and the late Edward John Prochaska Jr.
He was a member of Como United Methodist Church, where he was in the choir and was church pianist. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force and retired after 24 years of service for the Internal Revenue Service.

Survivors, in addition to his mother, include: three sisters, Ginny Liberto of Victoria; Donna Burhoe of Horn Lake; and Patricia Bleeker of Albuquerque, N. M.
Memorial contributions may be sent to Como Methodist Church, 101 North Main Street, Como, MS 38619.

Terisa Eads Paynter
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo.–– Terisa Eads Paynter, 78, formerly of Panola, died September 2, 2015, at Westwood Hills Health Center in Poplar Bluff.

Services will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at Dickins Funeral Home. Rev. Murphy Eubanks will officiate. Visitation will be held at noon prior to services. Burial will be in Center Hill Cemetery. Dickins Funeral Home has charge.

Paynter, born May 16, 1937, in Panola, to the late Luther R. Eads and Mary Belle Houston Eads, was a retired marketing specialist and was a member of Twin Springs Baptist Church.
Survivors include: one daughter, Mary Lurinda “Rendee” Shropshire of Poplar Bluff; one son, Luther Benton “Sport” Paynter of Poplar Bluff; four sisters, Louise Aldridge of Crowder, Florence Sills and Georgia Mae Burks of Southaven and Joyce Harding of Hernando; three brothers, Bunk Eads and Billy Eads of Crowder and Bobby Eads of Detroit, Mich.; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Leslie Gammon Phillips
MADISON, Ga.–– Leslie Gammon Phillips, 88, died August 27, 2015 at her residence. The was the widow of Clyde Bryant Phillips Jr.

A memorial service will be held at First United Methodist Church of Madison, Ga on Saturday September 5 at 11 and September 26 a memorial service will be held at Como Methodist Church in Como, at 10:30. Burial will be in Friendship Cemetery. Lord and Stephens, East Funeral Home has charge.

Phillips, born in Como, Jan. 7, 1927 to the late Leslie Junious Gammon and Sarah Saunders Gammon, graduated from Como High School and attended the University of Mississippi where she was a member of the Chi Omega sorority. She married her husband of Como, who predeceased her, in 1946. They were members of the Como Methodist Church.

She and her husband were members of the MS Seniors Golf Association as well as numerous social organizations and members of Christ United Methodist Church.

Survivors include: son, Clyde Bryant Phillips III of Melbourne, Fla.; William Leslie Phillips of Greenville, S.C.; and daughter,  Sally Phillips Buffington of Madison, Ga.; five grandchildren and five great grandchildren.   
The family requests in lieu of flowers donations be made to Como United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 277, Como, MS 38619.

Melvin Charles Short
CRENSHAW–– Melvin Charles Short, 63, died Wednesday, August 26, 2015.

Services will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at the PGA Building in Sardis. Visitation will be held prior to services at noon and Friday from 5-7 p.m. at Rodgers Funeral Home, who has charge of arrangements. Burial will be in Askew Grove Cemetery.

He was a factory worker.

Survivors include: his wife, Linda Fay Ramsey Short; 12 sons, Michael Ware of Nashville, Tyrone Short, Derrick Short, Fredrick Wolfe, Anthony Wolfe, Nicholas Leach and Vanarderick Reed, all of Sardis, Jare Short and Mariun Gipson, both of Memphis, Terron Ramsey, Xavier Ramsey and ReKikie Ramsey, all of Coldwater; five brothers, James Canada of Memphis, Larry Holiday, Earl Lee Holiday, Billy Holiday and Willie Holiday, all of Sardis; 47 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.